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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; First Edition edition (April 4, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765350998
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765350992
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,801,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

"If you love My Big Fat Greek Wedding and Stephanie Plum, this is definitely for you!"--Christine Feehan, New York Times bestselling author

"Smart, snappy, and so original you won't be able to put it down."--Lori Foster, New York Times bestselling author

"Sexy, suspenseful, and flat-out hilarious. I loved Sofie Metropolis!"--Karen Robards, New York Times bestselling author

"Sofie is a wonderful character...amusing, offbeat, and a little dangerous. Tori Carrington strikes gold with this sassy, sexy new series."--Romantic Times BookClub Magazine

"Sexy and provocative."--Carly Phillips, New York Times bestselling author


"A perfect book for beach reading."--Queens Chronicle


"Sofie Metropolis is the Greek Nancy Drew and makes me wanna be both when (and if) I grow up." --Jill Conner Browne, New York Times bestselling author and THE Sweet Potato Queen


"Tori Carrington creates an Astoria that's gritty, yet somehow charming, and generally manage to avoid big, fat Greek clichés."--Detroit News and Free Press

"Moves beyond 'chick lit' to combine suspense and sensuality."--Sarasota Herald-Tribune

"With a perfect combination of steam, suspense and laughter, Sofie Metropolis was nearly impossible to put down."--Romance Junkies

"Reminded me of the early Stephanie Plum stories, with snappy dialogue, rich cultural descriptors, and laugh out loud hilarious scenes."--The Romance Readers Connection




"If you love My Big Fat Greek Wedding and Stephanie Plum, this is definitely for you!"
(Christine Feehan, New York Times Bestselling author)

"Smart, snappy, and so original you won't be able to put it down."
(Lori Foster, New York Times Bestselling author)

"Sexy, suspenseful, and flat-out hilarious. I loved Sofie Metropolis!"
(Karen Robards, New York Times Bestselling Author)

"Sofie is a wonderful character...amusing, offbeat, and a little dangerous. Tori Carrington strikes gold with this sassy, sexy new series."
(Romantic Times BookClub Magazine)

"Sexy and provocative."
(Carly Phillips, New York Times Bestselling author)

A perfect book for beach reading.
(Queens Chronicle)

"Sofie Metropolis is the Greek Nancy Drew and makes me wanna be both when (and if) I grow up."


(Jill Conner Browne, New York Times Bestselling author and THE Sweet Potato Queen)

"Tori Carrington creates an Astoria that's gritty, yet somehow charming, and generally manage to avoid big, fat Greek clichés."
(Detroit News and Free Press)

"Moves beyond 'chick lit' to combine suspense and sensuality."
(Sarasota Herald-Tribune)

"With a perfect combination of steam, suspense and laughter, Sofie Metropolis was nearly impossible to put down."
(Romance Junkies)

"Reminded me of the early Stephanie Plum stories, with snappy dialogue, rich cultural descriptors, and laugh out loud hilarious scenes."
(The Romance Readers Connection)

About the Author

Tori Carrington is the pen name of Lori and Tony Karayianni have published more than 25 novels. They have received the Romantic Times Bookclub Reader's Choice Award and have twice been nominated for the Romance Writers of America's RITA Award.
Lori and Tony Karayianni live in Toledo, Ohio, but travel frequently, both to Greece and around the US.

More About the Author

Tori Carrington is the pen name of nationally best-selling, award-winning authors Tony Karayianni and Lori Schlachter Karayianni. Their over 54 published novels include titles for Harlequin Blaze, Temptation, Signature Series and Silhouette Special Edition, and their hardcover comedic-mystery series Sofie Metropolis, PI. For more info, visit http://www.toricarrington.net, http://www.facebook.com/toricarrington http://www.myspace.com/toricarrington and http://www.twitter.com/toricarrington

Customer Reviews

There are quite a few loose ends which I suppose are left dangling purposely so they can be woven into future books.
BR
At first when I read this book I thought that Janet Evanovich had written it under another name because it was a Greek version of Stephanie Plum.
Jeanne Quillen
I got the second Sofie book from the library on the same day and gave it a chance because everybody said it's a whole lot better than the first.
Hawaiian Eye

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By R. Koehn on July 5, 2005
Format: Hardcover
When I purchased this book, I thought it would be similar to the Stephanie Plum series - in fact, I think that's why this book was recommended to me. However, I wasn't expecting it to be close enough to Janet Evanovich's series that it borders on unoriginal rip-off. But, that's what this is - a rip-off.

The parallels between the Plum series and this book are too many to count, but to name few:

1) Both leads work on the fringes of law enforcement (bounty hunter v. private investigator).
2) Both leads have sexy foreign "helpers" who send mixed romantic signals.
3) Both leads have a penchant for stumbling into gun fights or other dangerous situations.
4) Both leads have eccentric families and mothers who think they don't eat enough.
5) Both leads, at one time or another, live in an apartment building with a cast of wacky characters that add color to the story.
6) Both leads have a cheating husband (soon-to-be husband in Sofie's case) in their pasts.

And these are just a few of them - if only a couple of similiarities existed, SOFIE METROPOLIS would just be reminiscent of ONE FOR THE MONEY (and others). Instead, the author has decided that just changing minor details of the store is enough to keep readers interested. The author even has Sofie reading an Evanovich book in the story! Come on!

Now, to the rating - I'm giving it 3 stars. I happen to like the Plum series, so I'm not surprised that this book was recommended for me. And since I've made my way through 10 or so of those books, I obviously have some dedication to the genre.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Austen Fan on August 10, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Where to start with the similarities? Stephanie caught her hubby with his pants down "in flagrante" on the kitchen table, Sofie caught her fiance in the church w/the maid of honor. Stephanie has a mysterious Cuban (?) hunk who shows up at odd moments, Sofie has a mysterious Australian hunk who shows up at odd moments. Stephanie has a wacky family featuring a short, wacky grandma, Sofie has a wacky family featuring a short, wacky grandpa. And on and on.

Is it enjoyable? Only if you haven't read any of the Evanovich series and haven't seen the Wedding movie. Otherwise, you'll be wondering why no one has sued for plagarism.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Hawaiian Eye on January 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I was delighted to find this book, being a transplanted Australian of Greek extraction. A Greek female private eye in New York!

What a concept!

What a disappointing result!

I adored the Astonia references and these are the book's saving graces. Sofie's "Greekness" tickled me, but not sure how non-Greeks will respond. However, I was sick of Sofie's ex-groom 'Thomas the Toad' the first time I heard about him banging the bridesmaid on their wedding day.

By the one hundredth time we heard about the incident - repeated verbatim - on page ten, I was skipping pages to get to some action.

There is precious little of it here, despite the cool set-up and in spite of the fact that Sofie is a blatant rip-off from Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum character. So much so, that if I were Evanovich, I would sue.

There is the crazy bounty hunting/PI job with the same wise-cracking secretary, the mysterious boss who's never around, weird dog karma, tall, brooding foreign bounty guy with a dubious past, insane granny and the fact that Sofie goes home to her folks for dinner - endlessly - just like Stephanie.

But two things really bug me: The total lack of action and pages of Sofie's over-active hormones going over the same stuff again and again. Where was this book's editor?

What REALLY bugs me is the character of Jake, supposedly an Australian bounty hunter. Not only does everything he does come off as ridiculous, but Jake? Come on! People, as an Australian, I can tell you for a fact that you will never find a man from my country that is named Jake, Biff, Tad, Buck, Bo - and did I mention, Jake?

I got the second Sofie book from the library on the same day and gave it a chance because everybody said it's a whole lot better than the first. More on that later...
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By N. Bonner on April 10, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Like the other reviewers, the first thing I noticed about this book were the uncanny parallels to Stephanie Plum. Janet Evanovich must be very flattered--it's the only reason I can think of that she hasn't sued the authors. Then I tried to enjoy the book by pretending I had not read Stephanie first--and I still didn't like it.

The challenge of writing in the first person is that you have to move the action along while narrating it. Sophie Metropolis never shuts up long enough to get anywhere. The book is essentially a long monologue about her Greek family, Greek food, her sexual urges and her cheating ex-fiance. She is supposed to be a private eye, but she spends very little time actually investigating anything. Most of the time she is talking, talking, talking about her favorite subject--Sophie Metropolis. Even when she does begin to actually do something, like make a move on Jake Porter--the Australian version of Ranger--she interupts herself with another digression. The fiance cheating in the church five minutes before the wedding got tired, too. One telling establishes how she became a private eye, abandoning a stellar career as a waitress. By the third or four repeat, I must admit I sided with Thomas the Toad. He probably found someone who shut up now and then.

This could have been a cute spoof. I mean, how many PI's investigate the neighborhood vampire? But each incident leads to another detour. In the end, I just got lost and gave up. I can't believe this writing team got a contract for a second book in this series. One Sophie Metropolils is too many.
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